Keeping an Older Dog Happy and Healthy By Kerry W Last updated Feb 11, 2020There are proven benefits to having fur babies.Companionship, improved wellbeing, exercise, socialising and more. And when they’re puppies they are just so, much, fun!All that leaping, bouncing, licking and playing. Yet dogs don’t stay young forever.Like us, they age and their needs change over time.Ageing doesn’t mean your dog can’t stay happy, well and healthy.It just means you need to change how you care for them. Let’s unpack how you can look after an older dog.Diet MattersWhat you feed your dog matters, so it will influence what sort of pet supplies you pick up in-store or online.Small amounts of fruit and vegetable matter is a good idea, as this has fibre which will help your dog move its bowels.This can get tougher they older they get, so any help is great for them.They will also need added nutrients, so it may be worth investing in a premium dry food that is enhanced for your dogs’ wellbeing.Supplement this with some fresh, lean meats as well.If your dog is arthritic, certain types of fish contain great nutrients to help with this. A word about food though…Keep Them at a Healthy WeightOverweight dogs can be prone to more health issues than if they are at a healthy weight range.Research the ideal weight for your breed and weigh them regularly to ensure they stay within that range.If they are overweight, please put them on a special diet until they shed the extra pounds.Exercise ThemAlthough older dogs don’t need as much exercise as when they’re younger, they can still benefit from a walk around the neighbourhood.As well as some much-needed exercise, this gives them a chance to have a sniff around.A change is as good as a holiday for an older pooch. Just keep a close eye on them for when they get tuckered out.Excessive panting and slowing down are a sign that it is time to turn around and head for home.Make sure that they have some fresh water available after their walk, as they will be quite thirsty by then.Regular Vet Check-UpsYou need to take your older dog into the vet regularly, just for a basic check-up and to spot any emerging health issues before they become major.Once a year is a good idea, or more if your dog is prone to being unwell.Remember, prevention is often cheaper than the cure, especially when it comes to vet bills!Dental HygieneA word about dental hygiene. While dogs’ usually have smelly breath, they still need to look after their teeth.Ensure they have special dental snacks to chew and help them prevent tooth decay. You could even consider brushing their teeth.There are special doggie toothbrushes and other products on the market designed at keeping your fur friend’s mouth healthy and happy.A Canine ConclusionThere are a few things you can do to keep your elderly dog healthy and happy.Ensure that their diet is appropriate, and consider supplements as required.Weigh them to ensure that they are within the healthy range for their breed and age.Don’t neglect their exercise, and take them for yearly vet examinations.Finally, their dental hygiene is just as important as yours.Follow these tips and your dog will lead a healthy, happy life well into their autumn years.And remember, never stop giving them the love and pats that they truly deserve.